SUMMERSIDE – They say a broken mirror means seven years of bad luck, but Bloyce McLellan’s windows have been causing him plenty of headaches lately too.
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Bloyce McLellan surveys damage done to the front window of his Central Street office over the weekend. The local lawyer thinks crowds from nearby bars are to blame for two vandalism incidents at the building in the past month, and hopes the city will review its weekend policing budgets.
The Summerside lawyer’s office on Central Street has been damaged on two separate occasions in just over a month, with the latest incident coming this past weekend.
One of the McLellan, Brennan building’s windows was smashed out completely on Sept. 15, and staff arrived to work Monday morning to find a large crack in a different window.
Still, McLellan doesn’t believe his office is being specifically targeted by vandals.
“I think it’s just random vandalism. We’re not too far from the bars here,” he said.
“We don’t want to be driven out just because of vandalism. Moving is not something we’re considering.”
Summerside police Sgt. Barry Arsenault said officers were called to McLellan, Brennan to survey the damage, which appears to be a pressure crack that broke when someone either stumbled into the window or struck it with a blunt object.
Leads are difficult to come by in cases like these, but police are asking anyone with information to contact the detachment at 432-1201.
McLellan is frustrated by the repeated damage. He said it cost between $600 and $700 to replace the window smashed in the September incident, and expects repairs to be around $400 this time.
The building has been a frequent target for graffiti artists in years past, and McLellan said he’d previously had another window shot out by someone with a pellet gun.
While he doesn’t want to move the firm to another location, McLellan said he thinks City Hall could budget more money for policing in problem areas on weekends.
“I think that they’re probably going to increase their budget and put more (officers) on, particularly around certain areas of the city more prone to violence and vandalism,” he said. “The police department has always done a good job here, but they can only do so much with the budget that they have. Businesses have to operate, and we can’t have this kind of thing continuing.”
Arsenault said scheduling six or seven officers on Friday and Saturday nights is standard practice. He said five officers were on duty last weekend.